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No Wedding, No Womb

August 26, 2010

There’s a great movement being started over at http://www.beyondblackwhite.com by Christelyn Karazin that attempts to bring awareness to a large issue affecting Black women – out of wedlock children.


(No wedding, No womb)

The stereotypes are rampant but is not without merit as such a large proportion of black women find themselves pregnant and unmarried. Even worst, the men who impregnate them do not have a good track record for stepping up to their responsibilities and in many cases abandon mother and child to fend for themselves.

I would love nothing more to stomp this stereotype and support Christelyn in her quest to remind women to stop letting themselves be used and discarded by demanding “No wedding, no womb!”

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Why Does Every BW on TV have Natural/Curly Hair?

August 19, 2010

Is it me or is ALMOST EVERY black woman cast on television rocking natural hair?

I should be more specific and say in commercials. I have nothing against natural hair (as my mane is unaltered – sans perm/texturizer/etc.) but I find this to be strange – especially since most black women wear relaxers. Do the casting directors believe black women with “seemingly” curly/natural hair will appeal to more people? 

Are they implying BW with natural/curly hair are sophisticated? a different kind of black woman – better somehow? Or is it just that these BW are more racially ambiguous – like, well they could be mixed with something?

I’ve noticed that in commercials both “parents” can be black/brown skinned – but the mother has to have curly “natural” hair and the children are mysteriously clearly “mixed” – or should I say the daughters… you better believe her hair will be wild and curly.

It’s gotten to the point that I believe the actors know if they want to increase their chances of getting cast they’d better sew in a “curly weave” or throw on a “curly wig” despite having relaxed hair.

Can we STOMP this STEREOTYPE already? I mean, it’s not a bad thing for BW to wear their hair naturally, but I want to see a wide representation of BW on television. Dark, Light, Natural, Relaxed, Mixed – Casting Directors – please take note!

Am I the only one who has noticed this? Any thoughts?

(One of the few commercials I’ve found that features a BG with relaxed **albeit extremely long** hair… but notice the mom )

A BW Invented Rock and Roll?

August 18, 2010

Did Sister Rosetta Tharpe (A Black Woman) invent Rock n’ Roll back in the 40’s?


Shout, Sister, Shout! tells the story of “Sister” Rosetta Tharpe, a vocalist and a guitarist of the Sanctified church and one of the most remarkable-yet largely forgotten-musicians of the twentieth century. Beginning in the 1930s, she commenced a colorful career as gospel’s original crossover artist, its first national superstar, and the most thrilling and celebrated guitarist of the music’s Golden Age.

Drawing on interviews with more than 100 people who knew Rosetta Tharpe, Shout, Sister, Shout! narrates her unlikely rise to fame: from traveling evangelist on the revival circuit to star attraction at the Cotton Club, from gospel celebrity in the 1940s to idol of the European blues revival in the 1960s.

An iconoclastic and electrifying performer, Rosetta Tharpe influenced scores of musicians, from Little Richard and Ruth Brown to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Isaac Hayes. Her story illustrates the centrality of the Pentecostal church-especially its “underneath-it-all” women-to “rock and roll” sound and style.

BUY Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Hawthorne gets it on with Tom – Finally!

August 17, 2010

Any Hawthorne fans here?

I haven’t seen the show since the first season but I was pleasantly surprised to learn Christina finally hooked up with Dr. Tom…. and immediately after doing so – he proposes!

Did you miss it? Did you see it? Do you want to see it again?

Viola Davis – BW/WM IRR in Eat Pray Love

August 16, 2010

The new movie “Eat Pray Love” features Viola Davis in a happy IRR (Or should I say IRM *Interracial Marriage* with a WM.

While Viola had a bit role (Yes, an oscar nominee has been relegated to the role of “best friend”) and was only featured in the first act of the movie, I still enjoyed seeing this positive pairing of an IR couple on the big screen and in such a high profile movie **Julia Roberts is starring after all**.

Arguably the film being a “chick flick”, single non-black men (most will be dragged by their gf’s and wives) may not be attending in abundance, but many BW will see the film and the more this idea/image of BW being in relationships with non-bm is spread maybe more BW will open their dating options or start to believe that non-bm are in fact very interested in BW.

What do you think?

More Women Behind the Scenes

March 30, 2010

Tia and Tamera Mowry say if Tyler Perry can do it, we can do it too – producing movies that is. The twins have produced the movie “Double Wedding” for lifetime which is set for a June debut – congrats!

“Lifetime Movie sets ‘Double’ Date – http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118007937.html?categoryid=14&cs=1

Bravo to more Black women taking their careers in their own hands and creating their own opportunities.

Yahoo.com supports bw/non-bm couplings

January 26, 2010

Someone over at Yahoo.com likes to show that Black Women have love interests that include non-black men on their home pages  *side note: it’s where I got my avatar.

Although the huge title card is “10 signs that he’s not ‘The One’ “, I’d say she’s headed in the right direction of finding him.

Today’s Yahoo Homepage